As soon as Halloween had past, students in Elkin Elementary School’s exceptional children’s classes got to work on Christmas projects — handmade ornaments they are selling this week, with the last day of sales Friday, at the elementary school.
The funds from the $1 each ornaments will be donated to Stone’s Throw Christian Ministries in Elkin, said Cameron Garris, who with Jordan Sowers, teaches the two EC classes at the elementary school. The students in Melva Edmisten’s EC classes at Elkin Middle and High schools also made ornaments and sold them this week to benefit the nonprofit organization.
“We made over 700 ornaments to sell,” said Garris Thursday morning as elementary students browsed the classroom to see what they might want to buy. “Everything is priced for $1.”
She said last year’s Santa’s Workshop ornament sale benefited The ARK, with $765 being donated, and this year they are hoping to surpass that amount.
“They’ve helped a lot of families in our school,” Garris said of Stone’s Throw, which is beside Goody’s on North Bridge Street. “A family showed up from Texas who was flooded out of their home, and they furnished their new house on the day they showed up. They’ve helped furnish other homes, and they’ve had a house pressure washed free.”
She said the group has sent numerous pallets of water to Texas following the hurricane-caused flooding and sent teams to West Virginia, in addition to their local work in the community.
The students also gain much needed life skills during the Santa’s Workshop projects. “They have tied ribbon, cut out, sprayed and glittered. Our big emphasis is to teach the kids we can help people. They’ve learned math skills, how to follow directions, sorting, lots of life skills,” Garris said.
In addition, Edmisten’s students helped on sale days with counting money, greeting people as they show and bagging items as they are purchased. “Those are skills they’ll need past school,” she said.
The elementary school has 15 EC students, some which are full-time in the EC classroom and some that visit for a short time during the school day but also are in mainstream classrooms.
At the middle-high class, Edmisten has seven students who made more than 500 ornaments, raising about $400 on their sales so far. Their ornaments will be for sale through Monday.
“We sold out last year,” Garris said of the elementary school Santa’s Workshop. “We’ve had a lot of donations where people have said to keep the change or they’ve written a check.”
Thursday, one of the substitute teachers planned on bringing her class in and letting each student pick out one ornament to keep and she was going to pay for them all with a check.
“Parents have been coming, teachers have shopped,” Garris said.
The public also can stop by the school office for a chance to peruse and purchase the handcrafted ornaments from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, or as long as they haven’t sold out.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.